Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
My coaches share a 21/22 year old Australian TB who is still competing lightly in the 1.1/1.15m division.
I don't mind starting a horse early, as long as it is light easy stuff, with maybe a turn out of a few months once they have the basics down pat. Basics to me are a walk-trot-canter including light transitions, a good halt, and to stand when mounting and dismounting.
I agree that a horse will tell you when they are done. If all of a sudden they are refusing fences they normally wouldnt blink an eye at, it might be time to have them looked at to figure out why they are doing it, and possibly back down to lighter, easier work.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
Last edited by VelvetsAB; 02-07-2011 at 01:02 PM.